Now that the warmer weather of summer seems to be sticking around, we’ve all gone out and loaded up on our sunblock supply, flipflops, beach towels, and sun hats. But have you thought about preparing your home for the summer? Many folks just flip on their air conditioning once it starts getting uncomfortable inside the home. However, your house may need more than just the AC running to combat the summer heat. Check out a few tips to prepare your home for warmer weather.
Ceiling Fans: Most homeowners turn off their ceiling fans once they turn on their AC. However, your ceiling fans and AC have two different jobs – in fact, your ceiling fans help your AC run more efficiently by taking the hot air that collects at the top of the room and blowing it back down where the AC can cool it more easily. A bonus to keeping your ceiling fans running is it naturally creates a breeze, so you could even set your thermostat a few degrees higher and save on your energy bill!
Humidity Control: Summer usually means high temps, but it also means high humidity. Your AC is built to battle the heat, but not the humidity. Having too high humidity (or even too low) can lead to health and comfort issues in your home. You may want to consider investing in a humidity control system, which will work with your AC unit to remove water from the air allowing you to breath easier.
Preventative Maintenance: It’s easy to forget about something that isn’t broken. There is even the age-old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. As true as that saying may be, having a preventative maintenance scheduled for your AC unit is one of the smartest things you can do. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of summer and having your AC die on you! Get your unit checked at the beginning of the season to make sure everything is running smoothly. This could also save you some big bucks down the road!
Summer is one of the more enjoyable times of year, so stay ahead of the game by using these tips to also allow your home to enjoy the season!